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The New Mexico Interfaith Dialogue is dedicated to facilitating respectful understanding of faith traditions through dialogue. We currently focus our conversations on the three Abrahamic faiths: Judaism, Christianity and Islam.

We hold monthly Dialogue meetings at houses of worship throughout Albuquerque, usually on the third Thursday afternoon/evening of each month. Check our blog or calendar for details about upcoming NM Interfaith Dialogue meetings and other interfaith events of interest.

We also hold an annual Spring Colloquium to explore specific issues in-depth, comparing the similarities and differences among Jews, Christians and Muslims. We also welcome other faith traditions into the dialogue to further create interfaith understanding.

Guidelines for Inter-religious Dialogue

1. The primary purpose of dialogue is to change and grow in perception and understanding of the other's belief or religious experience.

2. The dialogue is a two-sided project, both within each religious community and between religious communities.

3. Each participant comes to the dialogue with complete honesty and sincerity.

4. Each participant assumes the same honesty and sincerity of the other partners.

5. Each participant defines his or her religious perspective and is prepared to recognize himself or herself in the interpretation.

6. Each participant comes to the dialogue free of assumptions about points of disagreement.

7. Dialogue can only take place between equals.

8. Dialogue can only be fruitful in an atmosphere of mutual trust.

9. Persons entering into inter-religious dialogue are at least minimally self-critical of both themselves and their own religious traditions.

10.Each participant eventually attempts to experience the partner's religion from within, for religion is not merely something of the head, but also of the spirit, heart, and the whole being, individual and communal.

Upcoming Monthly Dialogue Meetings

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December Monthly Meeting 2022

The New Mexico Interfaith Dialogue will be having a Zoom meeting on Thursday December 15th, 7:00 pm -8:30 pm. Our speakers will be Judy Smith and Paula Donahue who will be speaking on “Congregation Albert Green Team: A Brief History of Stewardship, Partnerships and Outreach”! Judith Chasnoff Smith I was born in St. Louis, Mo. […]

Annual Spring Colloquium

The 27th Annual Spring Colloquium

The New Mexico Interfaith Dialogue invites you to attend our virtual 2022 Spring Colloquium: Faith in Challenging Times
Sunday, May 15, 2022, 1:30 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Following a two-year Colloquium hiatus during Covid and recognizing the time’s many life-altering events, we look forward to our speakers helping us meet challenges yet to come as we consider questions such as:
1. How does your faith tradition define faith? Is it an entity, an action, a relationship, or something other? What examples support this definition?
2. What keeps faith alive, and what is our responsibility? Do we expect God to carry the load?
3. How do difficulties and challenges offer opportunities for individuals and faith communities to grow?
4. We see the phrase “In God we trust” on US coins. What does it mean to trust in God and how is this expressed?

 

Speakers

Rabbi Paul Citrin Dialogue Co-founder

Rabbi Paul J. Citrin was ordained by the Hebrew Union College–Jewish Institute of Religion in 1973. He graduated from UCLA with a Bachelor of Arts degree in History in 1968. The focus of his rabbinate has always been in congregational life. His passions are education, Israel, and social justice. He is the author of several books, the co-editor of Gates of Repentance for Young People, published by CCAR Press in 2002, and the editor of Lights in the Forest: Rabbis Respond to Twelve Essential Jewish Questions, published by CCAR Press in 2014.

Rabbi Citrin is married to Susan Morrison Citrin. They have four children and eight grandchildren. Rabbi Citrin is currently serving as the rabbi of the Taos Jewish Center.

Archbishop John Wester Archdiocese of Santa Fe

Archbishop John Wester

Ordained a priest on May 15, 1976. Consecrated and installed as auxiliary bishop of San Francisco and appointed vicar general on September 18, 1998. Appointed Bishop of Salt Lake City on January 8, 2007. Installed as the twelfth Archbishop of Santa Fe on June 4, 2015.

 

 

 

Rev. Dr. Margaret McFaddin Grant Chapel AME Church

Rev. Dr. Margaret Redmond McFaddin is in her 20th year of pastoral ministry in the African Methodist Episcopal Church.  She has pastored in Missouri, Colorado, and Arizona and New Mexico, where she was appointed to Grant Chapel African Methodist Episcopal Church in 2020.

She lives out her commitment to God’s people through preaching, teaching, organizing and serving the community.  She is a member of the New Mexico Council of Churches, lending her voice to the unheard and raising social justice awareness in privileged spaces. She is also a member of the Ministerial Alliance of New Mexico and Greater Community.

Rev. Dr. McFaddin earned a Bachelor of Science in Education (University of Mississippi 1979), Master of Business Administration (Pepperdine University 1990), Master of Divinity and Doctor of Ministry (Eden Theological Seminary 2006, 2012).   She is married to Adam McFaddin, III and their blended family includes two daughters, one son and one grandson.

Moderator      Rabbi Min Kantrowitz

Rabbi Min Kantrowitz is a Rabbis Without Borders Fellow, teaches about Crypto Jews and Conversos of New Mexico for Road Scholar/Elderhostel, teaches local Hebrew classes weekly, is part of the clergy team at Congregation Nahalat Shalom and has a private spiritual counseling practice.  She directed the New Mexico Jewish Community Chaplaincy Program for 12 years, serving unaffiliated Jews throughout the state.

A 2004 graduate of the Academy for Jewish Religion, California, she is the author of “Counting the Omer: A Kabbalistic Meditation Guide” and the co-author, with a Christian and a Muslim, of “Three Paths: One God: Traditional Scriptures and New Prayers”..  Rabbi Kantrowitz is a former psychologist, a former architect/planner, a wife, mother and the proud Bubbie of three grandsons.

 

If you plan to join this Colloquium Zoom call, please register at NMInterfaithDialogue@gmail.com . Please send by May 13th, your name & contact information in which you will be accessing the Zoom link.  The link will be sent to you on May 14th in the evening, the day before the Zoom call. 

 

You can download a flyer for printing NM Interfaith Dialogue – Spring Colloquium 2022 flyer

 

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Dialogue History

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The New Mexico Interfaith Dialogue began in 1982 as an interpersonal dialogue between Albuquerque-area priest, Father Ernest Falardo, and Rabbi Paul Citrin of Congregation Albert, in response to the Vatican II document Nostra Aetate.

The conversation soon expanded to include educators within both faith traditions. During the early years, from 1984 to 1993, the Dialogue held educational programs and joint prayer services.

During those years as the Jewish-Catholic Dialogue, the purposes were: “to promote understanding and goodwill among the peoples of the Jewish and Catholic religions; to conduct religious, social and educational programs designed to increase community awareness and sensitivity toward issues relating to Christians and Jews; to engage in various forms of ecumenical dialogue and interaction; and to engage in such other similar activities permissible under law to nonprofit corporations of this nature and character.”

The first Jewish-Catholic Dialogue Colloquium was held in 1994. A colloquium is an hours-long gathering with knowledgeable speakers providing thought-provoking presentations on religious topics, followed by discussion among audience participants.

By 2012, the Dialogue and Colloquium included enough Christian non-Catholic participants that changing to a more inclusive name was determined to be appropriate. The organization changed its name to the Jewish-Christian Dialogue.

During Colloquia held 2006 to 2009, the presentations included all three Abrahamic faith perspectives: Jews, Christians and Muslims. In post-event evaluations, many attendees requested continuing and increased Muslim engagement. In 2015, the organization’s name was changed once again to the New Mexico Interfaith Dialogue, expanding the conversation to become more inclusive.

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